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Lightening vs Lightning vs Lighting - English Grammar - Teaching Tips
The three words lightening, lightning and lighting are easily confused by English learners and even native speakers. Let's take a look at the differences. Lightening is the present participle of the verb to lighten describing the action of making something less heavy. A good example would be I was lightening the load on my horse because it was exhausted. Lightning refers to a streak of static electricity through the sky usually accompanied by thunder, as here I was struck by lightning while playing golf in a storm. Lighting is the arrangement of light especially in photography. A suitable example for this would be The photo was dull because the lighting wasn’t good enough.